This page contains some links to other websites, videos, etc.  At times some of you send me videos and such that I find interesting and that I would like to share with you.  Since this is a new page, please send me your links to some videos that you would like to share.  Each section is divided by the below asterisks.  Links are shown in green, just click on them to open up the link.

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Marie Burba sent me an email about some school children visiting the Iwo Jima memorial in Washington, DC.  Click here to view that email.


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An article titled "Marines At The Ready" was posted in the State Department magazine in June 2014 that was sent to me by a couple of people.  Click here to view that article.


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Bill Kerakos send me an email with some interesting facts about the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC.  Click here to view those facts.

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Keith Birkhofer sent me a link to a YouTube video that was taken in 1968 at the Tan Son Nhut airport.  Click here to view that YouTube video.

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Paul Burton sent me an email about his meeting with a G. Greely Wells, a survivor of the battle of Iwo Jima and also some interesting facts about the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi.  Click here to view his email.  In addition to that email, Terry Ruddick sent me a link to a 10 minute video of the battle of Iwo Jima and the Marines who fought it.  Click here to view the YouTube video.

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Jim Prosser sent pictures of the Hang Son Doong cavern.  Pictures not the best of quality but I found the cave quite spectacular anyway.  Click here to view the pictures.

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Bonnie Kuhr sent me a copy of an old Vietnam pamphlet, which I found interesting and mayby you will also.  Click here to view it.

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Steve Bray sent me an email with pictures of Saigon during the Tet celebration in 2012.  Click here to see the pictures.

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A while back Bill Kerakos provided some interesting pictures and quotes/blogs about  Marines - Who We Are that is quite interesting.  Click here to see the information.

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John Valdez provided some  pictures on a recent visit to Saigon.  Click here to see the pictures.

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Terry Ruddick provided some pictures of Saigon today; however, the description of each picture is in Vietnamese.  Click here to see the pictures.

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A while back Guenther Griebau loaned me a pamphlet he had about the construction and history of the "new" Embassy building.  I have taken that pamphlet and converted it into a PDF file for your information.  It is very interesting and contains a statement made by the then American Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker.  Click here to view it.

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Added pictures of Saigon in 1961 courtesy of Terry Ruddick and Saigon in 1965 courtesy of Steve Bray.

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Thanks to Terry Ruddick who sent a copy of the 2011 VA Benefits Handbook.  Click here to view it.

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Judy Chidester forwarded me an article from the Department of State December 2011 magazine regarding Marines.  Click here to read it.

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Keith Birkhofer forwarded an email containing a very interesting article "Vets day article by James Webb..tribute to Vietnam Marines".  Click here to read it.

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To read the article that was published in the April 2011 Leatherneck magazine about the fall of Saigon, please click here.

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To read the email regarding Veteran issues that Judy Chidester sent me, please click here.

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For a list of businesses that offer military (active and retired) discounts, click here.  I got the list from Terry Ruddick.

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Terry Ruddick sent me a link to view the Presidential Palace in Saigon.  Click here to view pictures.

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Larry Reit sent me a link to the denverpost.com website which has a photo collage of vintage Vietnam about the fall of Saigon that you might be interested in viewing.  I am not sure how long this link will be active, so if you try it and it doesn't work, it may have expired.  Click here.

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Harry Feltenberger email re Vietnam War Statistics.

Very interesting information and I have no doubt that they have been verified. 

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Keith Birkhofer and Terry Ruddicks email about Lt. Col. David W. Szelowski USMCR (ret.) article about those "God Damn Marines"

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Bob West sent me several emails that I thought might be interested in reading

Bob West's USMC history

Bob West and Bill Kerakos first hand account of the bombing in March 1965

Bob West and Paul Burton's email regarding an excerpt from the book Looking For A Hero

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Jim Dentinger, Bob West, and Terry Ruddick all sent me a link to a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam wan with names, medals, bios, and other information on our lost comrades. It is a very interesting link, and those who served in that time frame and lost friends or family can look them up on this site.  First click on a State and those who were lost are listed under the city.  If you locate an individual, click on his/her name and all their information is displayed.  Thank you Jim, Bob and Terry for sharing this with us.  Click here.

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Jim Prosser sent me and others an email showing holiday pictures taken in Saigon.  Wow!  What a difference in 34+ years.  Click here to see the email.

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George Roth (Saigon March '72 - March '73) sent me an article that he had regarding Company "E" that was published in the December 15, 1972 edition of "The Observer".  If you recognize anyone in any of the pictures please let me know so that I can make a note of it.  I think that the picture of the company office on page 7 in the upper right corner is me in the foreground as I was the Admin Chief at that time.  Click here to read the article.

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The link to the Marine Corps Museum is located below.  If you have not had a chance to visit it in person and you do get the chance, it is awe inspiring.

Click here to visit the Marine Corps Museum site

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This article was sent to me by James Prosser and is very interesting reading

Ho Chi Minh's Gift by Scott Johnson May 27, 2009

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This article was also sent to me by James Prosser 

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The attached file is a Military Master's thesis that addresses some of the factors that explain how the tactical victory at the Embassy during Tet 1968was perceived as a defeat. This was the thesis that Major Robert “Bob” O’Brien, U.S. Army, was researching for at the Portland, Maine reunion with the attendees there.  Click here to open his thesis.

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An excellent article about the last few hours on the evacuation of Saigon.  The reporter in this article mentioned “Mme. Madeleine Morton, owner of the best restaurant in Saigon, the ‘Guillaume Tell’”.  She could have been Mrs. Leccia as was told to Terry Ruddick, from whom I got this link.  Click here to read the article from Time.

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Check out the Marines recruit latest mascot from South Texas for MCRDep San Diego, CA

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These pictures were NOT taken "on a recent trip back to Saigon" but were in fact taken at a Vietnamese restaurant in Annandale, VA.  I was in error.  See what happens when you "assume" something.  Sorry. 

Terry Ruddick and some members of our group share their pictures they took while getting together to share memories and stories.  Steve Bray is in the red/black striped shirt.  Clay Cowart is in the red shirt.  Bill Anderson (Security Office Nordom) and his wife Carin (was a Secretary) in the green jacket and he is in levis.  Steve and Cathy Greene (Retired DEA Deputy Administrator) are wearing blue shirt and wife is in light color shirt with blonde hair.  Pete Tomaino (DEA) and wife Apron (he has white hair and goatee and his wife is in white blouse.  John Sullivan is in blue coat worked in my old Security Office Nordom.  He was a polygraph.  Bray's wife Bessy, who used to be down stairs at the old embassy, is in a black top and the lady next to Terry is Gretchen Kroll.  Her late husband was a Dip courier and the RSO.   Click here to see the photos.

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Ever wonder how "Taps" came about.  Click here to go to the Wikipedia website for information about its origin.

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I received an email from Keith Birkhofer (which he got from Terry Ruddick) regarding an interesting article that appeared in "The Oklahoman" on February 8, 2009.  I looked the benefit up on the internet and got the below information from a Veteran's website (click here to go to that website).  It looks legitimate.

INTRODUCTION TO THE VETERANS' AID AND ATTENDANCE SPECIAL PENSION

The Veterans' Administration offers a Special Pension with Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit that is largely unknown.  This Special Pension (part of the VA Improved Pension program) allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits.  It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity.  Assisted care in an assisted living facility also qualifies.

This most important benefit is overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones.  This is a "pension benefit" and is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation.  Most Veterans who are in need of assistance qualify for this pension.  Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility.  A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,632 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,055 per month.  A couple is eligible for up to $1,949 per month*.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit is considered to be the third tier of a VA program called Improved Pension.  The other two tiers are Basic and Housebound.  Each tier has its own level of benefits and qualifications.  While the objective of this site is to disseminate information about the Aid and Attendance Benefit, we urge you to read an important document prepared by the American Veterans Institute that clearly explains the Improved Pension program, its levels of benefits and the qualifications for each.  If you or your loved one does not qualify for Aid and Attendance, you may want to check to see if you qualify for another level of the Pension.


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The following article was printed in the "The Press-Enterprise" newspaper in Riverside, CA by Joe Vargo

Flag day with SgtMaj Güenther Gribeau USMC Retired, one of the Saigon Marines

SAN BERNARDINO - Guenther Griebau grew up in Nazi Germany, saw his family's home bombed to rubble twice in Allied air attacks, and spent months living in drainage ditches and hovels without electricity or plumbing.


Yet far from being angry or disillusioned at the United States, Griebau served the country for 26 years with the Marine Corps, coached and started a Little League chapter in Northern California, flies the American flag every day and according to his friends and neighbors "bleeds red, white and blue."

The 70-year-old went so far as to install a tile replica of Old Glory into the wall of his residence. The 241-tile replica cost $1,700. Griebau said it's money well spent.

As he celebrates Flag Day today, Griebau's flags will be out in force in his neighborhood near Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino.

He'll be flying Old Glory and the Marine Corps flags in front of his home. Smaller flags stuck in the ground in front of his house will flutter in the breeze. Many of his neighbors will fly flags Griebau gave to them.

The perfect day, Griebau says, to display the emblem of the land he loves.


Guenther Griebau, 70, came to the United States from Nazi Germany in 1949, served in the Marines and said, "I've flown a flag wherever I've lived."

"People ask me why I fly the flag all the time," Griebau said. "Do you need a reason? I've flown a flag wherever I've lived. This country gave me everything. If you've got initiative, intelligence and ambition, you can accomplish anything here."

It was as a child in post-war Germany that Griebau first witnessed the American flag flying and U.S. troops saluting it during military ceremonies and when it was raised and lowered at the end of each day.

Americans occupied Frankfurt after the war and Griebau's family relocated there from their home in Hamburg, which was destroyed by the Americans

and British bombers in a series of firebombings that killed more than 40,000 people.

Griebau came to love the occupation troops, who looked and moved smartly and treated children to ice cream and chocolate bars.

A Player, and a Marine

When his father, Hans, emigrated to Chester in Northern California in 1949, Griebau began his transformation from immigrant to all-American boy. It was small town America. Population: 1,200; major industry: lumber milling.

He attended Chester High School and played guard and center on the football squad.


Griebau had a tile replica of the American flag installed in the wall of his San Bernardino home that cost $1,700.

He ran track and competed in shot put. He pitched for the Volcanoes baseball team, played catcher and patrolled center field. He loved the game, so much that when Little League inquired about a chapter in 1956, Griebau jumped at the chance to take part. His team was a perfect 17-0 when he left to join the Marines.

His career took him to Japan and Vietnam, where in 1969-70 he was part of the Marine detail assigned to protect ambassador Ellsworth Bunker. Griebau drove the bulletproof limousine the ambassador used to travel around Saigon, his 9 mm pistol strapped to his side. Buddhist monks sometimes protested outside the embassy. Enemy rockets flew overhead nightly.

First Lady Pat Nixon visited Vietnam during Griebau's time there. She poured him a cup of Kool-Aid, a memory that is still vivid.

"Where else in the world would that happen?" he said. "The First Lady giving a refreshment to a Marine."

Griebau left the Marines in 1982, retiring after 26 years as a sergeant major, the highest enlisted rank in the Corps. But his service did not end when he took off the uniform.

In the ensuing years, Griebau raised money for the blind, underprivileged children, Little League and veterans. Earlier this year, Griebau returned to Chester and threw out the first pitch as the season got under way, a tribute to his work helping establish the Little League chapter more than a half century ago.

Making a Difference

Paul Adkins, a member of the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee, which has planned numerous Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, said Griebau's motivation is simple.

"He wants to make a difference," Adkins said.

"There isn't anything Guenther would not do for someone in need. He's served his country and community proud. He's talked the talk and walked the walk. For me to call him my friend is one of the biggest honors I have."

Residents on his street say Griebau is like a security blanket.

He serves on the Neighborhood Watch team, visits shut-in neighbors with words of encouragement and presents flags to people moving onto the block.

Neighbor Lydia Salazar, 63, said Griebau served as an inspiration for her son, Steven, who joined the 82nd Airborne Division and served in the first Iraq war. There were times when the going got tough that Steven remembered Griebau's exhortation to "do my duty," Salazar recalled.

"He instilled so much patriotism into him," she said. "He takes such pride in the flag and this neighborhood. When you see him flying his flag, you want to fly yours."

That's music to Griebau's ears. The high school athlete uses sports terminology to sum his thoughts on patriotism, hard work and living the American dream.

"This country gave me the ball when I was young," Griebau said.

"I've been running with it ever since."

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This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918.

It is 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge , in Iowa .
EIGHTEEN THOUSAND MEN!!!!!

What a priceless gift from our grandfathers!


FACTS:
Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
Right Arm: 340 feet
Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body: 29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet
Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000
Number of men in torch: 2,800
Number of men
in right arm: 1,200
Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000
Total men: 18,000

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I received the following picture of a human Statue of Liberty courtesy from Bill Hubbard

Some of our grandfathers may have been in this 1918 picture


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